Hertha winger Boëtius has testicle removed, no chemotherapy

BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin winger Jean-Paul Boëtius had a testicle with a malignant tumor removed and won't need chemotherapy, the club said on Friday.

“Follow-up treatment is not necessary because the intervention by Dr. Sebastian Hofbauer … took place at a very early stage. That’s according to subsequent examinations,” Hertha said of the operation that took place on Sept. 23. “Our No. 10 will be able to return to the field in just a few weeks.”

The tumor was discovered on Sept. 21 when the 28-year-old Boëtius underwent a urological test.

Hertha managing director Fredi Bobic said everyone at the club was “delighted for and with Djanga! We’ll give him the necessary space after the operation and wish for nothing more than he returns as quickly as Marco Richter.”

Boëtius’ Hertha teammate, Richter, was diagnosed with a testicular tumor in July, but returned on Aug. 27 after undergoing treatment. The 24-year-old Richter has scored twice in three more Bundesliga appearances since.

After Richter, Union Berlin defender Timo Baumgartl, and Borussia Dortmund forward Sébastien Haller, Boëtius is the fourth Bundesliga player diagnosed with a tumor this season.

Baumgartl returned on Sept. 18 by starting in Union’s win over Wolfsburg, five months after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The 26-year-old Baumgartl’s previous league game was against Eintracht Frankfurt in April.

Haller is still undergoing treatment for a malignant tumor. The 28-year-old Haller had to leave Dortmund’s preseason training camp after the tumor was found 12 days after he joined from Ajax on July 6.

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Ciarán Fahey, The Associated Press